I’m the first to admit that eBay can be daunting. It can also be frustrating if you use it to track down an item you’ve wanted for ages, and then miss out at the last moment. And, as I’m sure you’ve heard, there are risks. Some vendors are sketchy and dishonest, some listings can be misleading, and you do need to shop and bid carefully. (See this older post on how to shop eBay for my tips.)
But eBay is the land of shopping second chances. Did you miss out on a skirt or handbag that’s now sold out everywhere? Chances are someone’s selling it (or something incredibly similar for less) on eBay. Are you searching for a an item that is a generation or two behind what’s in mall stores now? Check eBay – some seller might be trying to offload that very thing. Are you in love with a designer’s style but unable to afford full price? Always, always, scour eBay before ponying up. Current season, slightly used items can generally be found if a designer is well known.
Here are just a few items that I’ve nabbed off eBay over the years:
Kate Spade handbag – around $100
Pleated silk Banana Republic skirt – around $10
Faryl Robin Suzu silk pumps – around $100
Marc by Marc Jacobs Turnlock handbag – around $150
Cropped denim jacket – around $10
Most of my mind-blowing bargains were thrifted in person, but many of my most-used items were nabbed for a FRACTION of retail on eBay. Again, it’s important to read descriptions and terms carefully, avoid bidding on items that you cannot afford, and. But if you’re smart and cautious, eBay can be an amazing shopping resource.
Are you an eBayer? How long have you been shopping the site? Had any awful experiences, and/or have any tips to share on avoiding disappointment or danger?
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